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Yakima mom's holiday wish for son

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A mother in Yakima makes a last minute holiday wish on Christmas Eve for her 12-year-old son.

A friend of Brenda Wilkes recently contacted KNDO, and told us about Wilkes and the struggles she's had to endure for the past year.

With the clock ticking away as Christmas Day approaches, there is no decking of the halls or putting presents underneath the tree this year at the home Brenda shares with her son Isaiah.

She tells us it's just been too tough, financially and emotionally for her to decorate this year. She adds, Christmas is one of her favorite holidays.

"It's been real difficult for my son and I. My daughter moved out about a year ago, and we've just had a real difficult time maintaining," said Wilkes.

Wilkes who is on disability and a fixed income, says it's been difficult just to pay her bills. Her daughter left the home when she turned 18, and because the family was under Section 8 housing, Wilkes says that greatly affected her household income.

On top of financial burdens, Wilkes says she's had ongoing health issues, including a recent eye injury when her dog "Charlie" scratched her. Not to worry, she says her dog is very friendly and that it was an accident.

"I don't like to see her be going through this and everything. You know. But, we've just been getting through it," said Brenda's son Isaiah.

Wilkes reflects on what  she says were her happier times, by looking at photos taken with her daughter and son at the Yakima Arboretum, two years ago.

"She's been sad a lot lately because we haven't been able to do anything. We used to always be going out and doing things. Can't do that anymore," shared Isaiah.

With just hours until Christmas Day, Brenda makes one last wish, "As far as Christmas goes, I've just spent my nights crying and pleading with God to bring us a miracle, so I could give my son a Christmas."

Isaiah says he enjoys basketball, with his favorite basketball team being the Los Angeles Lakers. He also likes video games.

As for Brenda, she just wants help for her son this holiday.

If you would like to help the family out for Christmas, you can contact Brenda at (509) 961-8727.

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